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United States Senate passes bill to end government shutdown

11 February 2018

The legislation raises the government's borrowing limit through March 2019.

That level is well above the 2.5 percent growth achieved in 2017 and the 2.5 to 2.7 percent range of economists' forecasts for this year.

There was uncertainty about the timing of Trump's signing, and the Office of Personnel Management, which manages the federal workforce, still had an alert on its website early Friday morning that stated that due to a "lapse in appropriations, federal government operations vary by agency".

"There's no education in the second kick of a mule", McConnell said about the short-lived shutdown.

The House voted 240-186 to approve the bill just before dawn Eastern time, hours after the Senate had approved the measure on a 71-28 vote. Lawmakers need to work out a spending measure before Thursday to prevent another government shutdown.

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The deal is the fifth temporary government funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1 and replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget. His fellow Republicans control both chambers of Congress. "It reduces our deficit by trillions of dollars", said Shah. "I was wondering if maybe he's going to show up for the Democrat primary debate next time".

How could one senator potentially cause a government shutdown?

The Senate passed a massive, bipartisan budget agreement and spending bill to reopen the shuttered federal government amid objections from Republican fiscal conservatives who say the bill marks a return to unchecked deficit spending.

"We have Republicans hand-in-hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits", Paul said on the Senate floor Thursday night. "In addition, the funding bill will provide support for our veterans, those who have worn the uniform as well as their families, and it will clear the way for new investment in our nation's infrastructure".

Trump came out in support of the deal reached by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emphasizing the benefit to "our great Military" because it would lift tight spending caps known as the "sequester" that have been in place since 2011. "I'd love to see a shutdown if we don't get this stuff taken care of". The legislation that provides these funds must be passed by a certain deadline. "And, you know, as much as we've wanted certainty for the military, there have been a number of their members that wanted it as well, and we found that we were able to give them that".

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The accord drew opposition from opposite extremes of Congress' ideological spectrum, but not in sufficient numbers to threaten passage.

The 77-year-old vowed to oppose any budget that does not include protections for so-called Dreamers, young immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children.

"They live and work here". "Vote against this budget".

"We're making real progress on a spending deal that would increase the caps for both military and middle-class priorities on the domestic side that my colleagues have been fighting for", said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

"All we want is a commitment", said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), as Democrats continued to press House Speaker Paul Ryan for a concrete pledge on a DACA vote.

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United States Senate passes bill to end government shutdown